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6 WAYS TO PURIFY WATER AND THEIR PROS & CONS

When you’re in a survival situation or an unexpected emergency, one of the biggest problems that you’ll need to solve immediately is getting a supply of purified water that’s safe to drink. If you don’t manage this, you could be dead in just a few days or even sooner. It pays to be prepared, and knowing several different methods for purifying water is knowledge that has the potential to save your life.

In this article, we’re going to discuss several different ways that you can purify water, turning dangerous water drinkable to keep you alive and avoid dehydration. With luck, you’ll only need this knowledge camping or doing a long-distance hike. But should you find yourself in an emergency, you’ll be glad to know the ways that you can purify the water you find.

The 6 Different Ways to Purify Water:

1.Boiling

Boiling is a time-tested method that’s been used for centuries to effectively remove contaminants from water. It requires only a metal container to hold the water  and a source of heat. Typically, a fire will be your heat source, but if you have access to an oven or even a camp cookstove at the time, it will be even easier. This can be a great way to purify water in a pinch, but it’s time-consuming to wait for your water to boil and then cool down before it’s drinkable. In a life or death situation though, this could be a lifesaver since it removes all the harmful contaminants that could be lurking in the water you collect from any source you find.

2.Use a Water Filter

This might be one of the easiest ways to filter water, but it only works if you’re prepared enough to have a filter when you need it. It’s a good idea to keep a small water filter around just in case of emergencies. There are some incredible water filters available that are small enough to fit in your pocket with the ability to filter tens of thousands of gallons of water. Plus, water filters are extremely simple to use and very quick, so you won’t have to fuss around with flames or waste any time waiting for your water to cool like you do when you boil your water.

There are a lot of different water filters available, and they span a range of sizes, abilities, and prices. Some are small and portable while others are much larger and more difficult to bring with you. There are filters that will have replaceable filter cartridges and some that let you backflush the filter instead of replacing it. You’ll have to do some research into water filters to make sure you’re picking the best one for your intended use.

Interested in learning more? Read the complete article written by Pete Ortiz here.

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May 9, 2022

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My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!

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Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

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The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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